National President: Tina Nieto, Captain III
West Los Angeles Area

Captain Nieto was born in San Gabriel California and raised in West Covina, California. Captain Nieto has a Masters Degree in Leadership and Management, from the University of La Verne, and a B.S. in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton. She is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute of Policing through PERF. She is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). 

Captain Nieto has an extensive teaching background in leadership. She was on the original design team for the West Point Leadership Program, has taught diversity at the LAPD Academy, has been a guest speaker at Women's Leadership Conferences, and has facilitated at LAPD's Supervisory School. She spent ten years as a facilitator for POST's Supervisory Leadership Institute, a program designed to teach California law enforcement front-line supervisors personal growth, leadership, and ethical decision-making.

Captain Nieto served eight years with the United States Army Reserve (USAR) attaining the rank of Captain. She served in various leadership roles including Assistant to the Provost Marshall, commander of a military police company of 100 military police officers, a member of Nuclear Weapons Logistic Element, and a squad leader of Ordnance specialists.

Currently she is the Area Commanding Officer at West Los Angeles Area serving 230,000 residents of the City of Los Angeles. Prior assignments include Commanding Officer of Olympic Area; Patrol Commanding Officer at Olympic Division, Newton Division and Hollenbeck Division; an Officer-In-Charge at Audit Division; a District Lieutenant in Hollywood Division; a Watch Commander in Pacific Division where she was also charged with the Venice Beach Unit; an Assistant Watch Commander in a Traffic Division and Communications Division; Training Group; Training Division; Background Investigations and various patrol assignments. Upon promotion to Captain in 2008, she became the first Hispanic Female Captain in LAPD's history.

 Captain Nieto's personal leadership philosophy is three-fold, civic responsibility because leadership is responsibility shared by all, taking action even when it is not the popular choice, and engaging others to make a difference for the good of the community. She believes that the most important contribution that a person can make is changing lives for the better.

Captain Nieto is a member of several organizations including Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association; Los Angeles Women's Police Officer Association; Golden State Peace Officers Association; La Ley, and the Fraternal Order of the Police. She is currently on both the National Executive Board and Regional Board of HAPCOA, and has served as a board member for International Law Enforcement Auditor's Association, LAWPOA, and GALLEP.

Captain Nieto is also active in several philanthropic organizations including the Pacific Palisades Womans's Club, and the Westwood Village Rotary Club. She is most proud that officers in her command have received International, National, Regional and Organizational awards for bravery, innovativeness, and community activism. Captain Nieto lives with domestic partner in Orange County with her nephew, and their three dogs.

2017 National Board

NameFull Name
PresidentTina Nieto, Captain III, Los Angeles Police Department
1nd Vice PresidentRichard Rosa, SFAM, Federal Air Marshal Service (retired)
2nd Vice PresidentTeresa Ramon, Chief of Police, Judson Police Department
3rd Vice PresidentStephen Noguera, ASAC, Naval Criminal Investigative Service
4th Vice PresidentJavier Salazar, Sheriff, Bexar County Sheriffs Office
Sergeant-at-armsManny Ovalle, USSS Uniform Division (Retired)
National SecretaryRoger Lozano, Governor's Appointment, Texas Violent Gang Task Force
National TreasurerClarence (CJ) Jorif, SSA, US Secret Service (retired)
ParliamentarianRolando Belmares, Sergeant, Texas State University Police Department
Executive DirectorAnthony Chapa, Assistant Director, US Secret Service (retired)
Past National PresidentJohn Torres, Deputy Assistant Director, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (retired)
Chief DeputyDon Tijerina, Chief Deputy, Bexar County Sheriffs Office
Event CoordinatorMary Cox, HAPCOA National Training Symposium and Exposition

Past Presidents

John Torres 2015-2016
Don Tijernia 2014-2015
Xavier Morales 2013-2014
Paul J. Chapa 2012-2013

Joaquin J. Herran 2011-2012
Tony Cox 2010-2011 
Hector Hernandez 2008-2010
James Pina 2007-2008
Ray Leyva 2006-2007
Frank Hernandez 2005-2006
Albert Najera 2004-2005
Elvin Crespo 2003-2004
Arthur R Parra Sr. 2002-2003
Sandalio Gonzalez 2001-2002
Ralph Lopez 2000-2001
Edwin Rios 1999-2000
Errol J. Chavez 1998-1999
Joe Delopez 1997-1998
Arturo Venegas 1995-1996
George A. Rodrigues 1993-1994
Wilfred Navarro 1991-1992
Eduardo Gonzalez 1989-1990
David S Gomez 1987- 1988
Abel S. Armas 1986-1987
Charles Gonzales 1981-1986
Alberto Atividad 1978-1980
Eusevio Hernandez 1973-1978